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Pick Yourself UpDorothy Fields and the American Musical$
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Charlotte Greenspan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195111101

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111101.001.0001

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Librettos Instead of Lyrics

Librettos Instead of Lyrics

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(p.127) 12 Librettos Instead of Lyrics
Source:
Pick Yourself Up
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Charlotte Greenspan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111101.003.0012

This chapter focuses on the changes in Dorothy Fields's career and personal life in the late 1930s and early 1940s. After her marriage, the first major change in Dorothy's personal life was the birth of her son, David Lahm on December 12, 1940. The next change in Dorothy's life, equal and opposite one might say, was the death of her father. On October 29, 1941, Let's Face It opened on Broadway; this was Dorothy's debut as a Broadway librettist. By 1943, Joseph, Herbert, and Dorothy Fields collectively had five shows running on Broadway—My Sister Eileen, Let's Face It, Junior Miss, The Doughgirls, and Herbert and Dorothy's new work with Cole Porter, Something for the Boys.

Keywords:   David Lahm, women songwriters, Let's Face It, Broadway musicals

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